In a record making attempt, a hydrogen fuel cell powered Hyundai ix35 was driven continuously for 24 hours and the SUV completed 2383 kilometres, setting a new record. The record attempt was completed by Arnt-Goran Hartvig, a sports scientist and Marius Bornstein, a master of physics who has been working on fuel cell technology for many years.
GoPro has released the complete video of the 24 hour run and the video is embedded above. The video starts with Hartvig explaining how the automobiles are creating a lot of trouble for the world, and the only way forward to create an environment with solutions and not problems. Fuel Cell technology will be at the forefront of solving most of these problems.
The Hyundai ix35 is the first fuel cell vehicle to be mass produced, although the numbers are still low. A hydrogen powered car takes hydrogen fuel, combines it with the natural oxygen and create electricity. This electricity powers the car, and the exhaust is only water (H2O) and no carbon at all.
Hydrogen fuel cell technology is in its advanced stage and scientists and manufacturers from across the globe are striving hard to make it more accessible and budget-friendly, as it is still expensive. Companies like Toyota and Honda are doing really well in the electric car business, and now they are bringing their own version of the fuel cell car.
Coming back to the record making attempt, this is not the first time Hyundai ix35 created a record. About a year ago, Hyundai ix35 did a mileage run and made a record of the longest journey covered with a tank full of hydrogen, which turn out to be 700km. And this 700 km range helped with the new record too.
The duo took a journey from Hamburg to Berlin, a 300km long stretch, between two fuel cell stations. They completed 8 laps of the route, touching 2383 km in 24 hours, at an average speed of 100kmph. The refuelling didn't consume more than 3 minutes each, hence saving them a lot of time.
And to give you a brief about the vehicle, the Hyundai ix35 fuel cell comes powered by a 136 PS electric motor that is supported by a 24 kWh lithium ion polymer battery pack. The Hyundai ix35 can touch a top speed of 160 kmph with almost 600 km range.